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Smartfish Creates Moving Keyboard: Not To Confuse, But To Help

Smartfish Creates Moving Keyboard: Not To Confuse, But To Help

We briefly mentioned Smartfish Technologies when we rounded up the best and brightest from the early days of CES 2010, but the new ErgoMotion Keyboard deserves more than a passing glance. Much like the Optimus Maximus in its day, this keyboard has the potential to really revolutionize the way we experience typing. Hailed as the world’s first intelligent keyboard with a patented motion system, the keyboard got its roots in the medical world. Now, we're seeing consumers the world over show interest in it.

As you could expect, the key ingredient here is the ergonomics. It's intelligent onboard processing enables it to move through seven different dynamic positions ased on the user’s typing frequency, periodically adjusting the slope and radial alignment of the hands and wrists to avoid fixed positions that constrict movement, which often causes strain and injury. A moving keyboard? Yeah, that's the idea. There's also a radial adjustment that repositions a user’s hands and wrists to alleviate the wrist’s horizontal rotation. Furthermore, it simultaneously alternates forward and reverse slopes to change the wrists’ arch in a more natural and comfortable position so they are never in a fixed state during computer usage. We know it sounds a bit complicated, and in theory, it is; but this type of over-the-top sophistication could be exactly what the world needed to cut down on wrist/typing injuries.

It's currently slated to be made only in black, andi t operates from a single USB connection. It will ship in March for $149.95.



“The Smartfish ErgoMotion Keyboard was created to effectively address a user’s risk of repetitive stress injuries,” said Dr. Jack Atzmon, president and CEO of Smartfish Technologies. “Our streamlined design, coupled with our revolutionary ErgoMotion technology, provides for a more comfortable and enjoyable experience for the user. With the release of the ErgoMotion Keyboard, we’re pioneering the next generation of computer peripherals while further advancing our commitment to provide users with the most sophisticated and comfortable line of computer accessories available.”

“The ErgoMotion Keyboard transforms the traditional typing experience,” said John Moldauer, principal of p9 design. “With its unique movement of the keyboard keyframe, the ErgoMotion Keyboard ensures that the user experience revolves around the highest degree of comfort possible. The product design was equally important to creating a superior user’s experience and the finished product is the most elegant and comfortable keyboard ever.”

The ErgoMotion Keyboard is a natural companion to the Smartfish’s recently announced ErgoMotion Mouse, the first laser mouse that features a patented pivot mechanism to promote a fluid movement, allowing the mouse to intuitively adapt to the user’s hand position.


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Finally, a keyboard that can spill adjacent drinks on itself without human aid. I've been rendered obsolete.

Are the movements controlled internally by the keyboard, or does this require Windows-only software that makes it functionally equivalent to a $12 keyboard when used under Linux?

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Lol, some people might like it. Not me really, but I could see it's attraction.

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Soooo it moves around while you're typing on it? lol

uhhh, I think that would piss me off. It would probably make me mistype a lot of stuff, I already do that on my own enough :-P

I can't imagine it would be good to game on... Some uber nerd would probably smash it and break the motors that make it move because he accidentally used his last health pack when he had 95% health while fighting a really hard boss which he inevitably lost to because the keyboard moved and he hit the wrong key.

"Boom head shot!" "Lagging peice of ****!" Heh heh

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I'm pretty sure this keyboard will not make huge jolty movements.  Therefore it probably has no potential to spill a drink.  The shifting is probably something you'll notice once you are done using the computer for a while and notice it's in a different position.

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lol.... you're almost definitely right, but if you happen to leave the keyboard unattended with a drink nearby, it just might happen! lol

I would still imagine it would be hard to get used to this keyboard since it is ever changing.

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I think the idea is that it moves around slightly so your hands don't remain in one position for a long period of time.

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Ooh nice! This is on my "definite maybe" list. While it isn't an everyday thing, I do sometimes spend hours and hours playing WoW; having a keyboard that works to reduce muscle fatigue and related issues would be a godsend. ...Being a skeptic, though, I'll literally have to get my hands on one of these to see what's what.

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